Faith is being certain of what cannot be seen
He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. Hebrews 11:26-27 NLT
The eyes of faith could see what the physical eyes are not able to see. This is how Moses was described by the writer of Hebrews. “He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” This illustrates the writer’s definition of faith: faith “…is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1). This is what provided Moses to be assured that God will not forsake him. He left Egypt for forty years and went to Midian. “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger.” He could have easily ignored the call of God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt for it will be more convenient for him to stay in Egypt in Pharaoh’s palace. Also, abandoning Egypt will mean persecution from Pharaoh. Moses was focused on God that he was willing to “suffer for the sake of Christ.” Our faith in God is what distinguishes us from those who follow God only for what they can get from Him. They are only after the good things that will come to their lives. But what Moses’ story is telling us is that it is better to suffer for Christ’s sake and be identified with the people of God than to experience a life of plenty from worldly pleasures and yet live empty lives. When we truly believe in God, we will do just fine. What God prepares for those trusting Him wholeheartedly is nothing compared to all the riches that can be found in this world. “What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later” (Romans 8:18). Our identity should be found in our relationship with Christ and not with the things of the world. We should believe God and His Word and when we do so, we will have a faith that will “…never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).